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House, but No GardenApartment Living in Bombay's Suburbs, 1898-1964$
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Nikhil Rao

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678129

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678129.001.0001

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Peopling the Suburbs

Peopling the Suburbs

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(p.67) 2 Peopling the Suburbs
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House, but No Garden
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Nikhil Rao

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678129.003.0003

This chapter examines the formation of a new lower-white-collar middle class in the early decades of the twentieth century. In particular, it points to the migrants from southern India as the relevant push needed for the Indian suburban landscape to take form. These migrants have made Matunga into their place in the city through various means, most notably their participation in municipal politics. These efforts included campaigns for improvement of communications with the commercial districts to the south, the development of Matunga as a South Indian neighborhood through the establishments of markets, housing, restaurants, temples, cultural institutions, and sports clubs; and finally, the emergence of Matunga as a political entity as evidenced by disputes in Matunga in local elections in 1934—all of which have established Matunga as a South Indian suburb.

Keywords:   Matunga, lower-white-collar middle class, migrants, southern India, municipal politics, South Indian suburb, Indian suburban landscape

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